Six more possible Grim Sleeper cases being investigated
Grim Sleeper suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr., shortly after his arrest last summer.
January 27th, 2011
01:56 PM ET

Six more possible Grim Sleeper cases being investigated

Los Angeles detectives assigned to the Grim Sleeper serial killer case say they are investigating  two additional homicides that may be the work of suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr., according to an aide for an L.A. councilman in whose district some of the killings took place.

The detectives also said there are four missing persons cases that may be related to the overall investigation, the aide told CNN.com Thursday.

In July, 57-year-old Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was arrested and charged with 10 murders and one attempted murder related to slayings that date to 1985. He has pleaded not guilty. In 2009, CNN.com published a special cold case interactive on the decades-long hunt for the killer. Police were led to Franklin after his 28-year-old son was arrested and gave a DNA swab, authorities said. When authorities announced the arrest, they revealed that Franklin had, for a time, worked as a garage attendant at a Los Angeles police station.

Who is Franklin?

Detectives delivered the news about the additional cases at a community meeting Wednesday night at Bethel AME Church in South Los Angeles. They were responding to a question from a family member of one of the two homicide victims, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Dennis Gleason, a spokesman for Eighth District Councilman Bernard Parks, told CNN that the possible additional homicide victims were identified through photographs related to the Grim Sleeper case that police released to the public in December.

Shortly after Franklin's arrest, police searched his home and said they found Polaroids and videotape of many women. In December, investigators released some of those photographs (viewable here), which generated leads, they said.

Franklin is in custody awaiting trial.

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Police: Grim Sleeper serial killer photos released
December 16th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

Police: Grim Sleeper serial killer photos released

Los Angeles police are trying to identify women in photographs whom they believe may have been held captive by the notorious serial killer The Grim Sleeper.

The photos, reportedly found in the suspect's home, were revealed Thursday.

View the photos at L.A.P.D. website

Lonnie Franklin Jr. is charged with 10 murders and one attempted murder in slayings which occurred over two decades - as far as back as 1985. The bodies of victims, many working as prostitutes, were all found in close proximity to each other in a neighborhood formerly known as South Central L.A.

Franklin, a mechanic who once worked for the LAPD, was arrested in July after police say they matched his DNA with DNA left on some of the victims. Police were led to Franklin after his 28-year-old son got arrested and gave a DNA swab, authorities said.

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